I’ve got a goofy Christmas sewing project for you today that’s pretty quick and easy and fun. This is kind of the combination of two projects on my site-the simple tote bag and the Santa hand towels. Combine the two and you get…a Santa Tote Bag!
And the best part? It’s really easy to make!
Santa Tote Bag Tutorial:
- About 1/2 yard of red fabric (mine is canvas and was 60″ wide. If you get 45″ wide you may need a little more than 1/2 yard.)
- 1 yard of fusible fleece
- Wide, black ribbon (3 inches wide or so)
- Narrow silver ribbon (about 1/2 inch wide)
- White fur (small amount)
For basic construction of this bag, I am going to refer you to my Simple Tote Bag Pattern. In this tutorial I will teach you to make it look like a Santa suit!
Once you have your pieces cut out (following the cutting guidelines from the tote bag pattern), cut your black ribbon the width of your main bag pieces. Pin it in place right across the middle:
Sew that along the top edge of the ribbon and the bottom. (Don’t worry about the sides.)
Then, add a strip of the white fur to the bottom of the bag. Make it about 3-4 inches wide:
Pin that and sew it in place as well, along the top and the bottom.
Now, cut 4 pieces of the silver ribbon. You want them to be about 1/2 inch longer than your black ribbon is wide so that they can overlap like this:
Line up all 4 in a square and sew around the outside of the square AND the inside.
I did all the same steps to the other side of the bag EXCEPT the silver, so that it looks like Santa from the back.
Now construct the bag according to this tutorial and you are done and have got a festive bag for the holidays!